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Our family of five lives in Victoria, BC, Canada. We love to hike, bike, sail, camp, and rock climb. We are an architect, a bookkeeper, a reader (10), a soccer player (7), and a social butterfly (5). We live within walking distance to our kids' school, and biking distance to both our places of work.
We enjoy reading, playing board games together, building forts, listening to music, and working in our backyard.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Victoria is in a stunning location. Surrounded by water, near magestic mountains, with world class mountain biking, skiing, surfing, hiking, camping, etc all in your backyard. Vancouver is only a ferry away, although a day trip is a pretty full one.
Vancouver Island is a nature playground, and you can be a part of it!
While we love to adventure and explore, life with kids can easily be bogged down in cleaning lunch boxes, finding uniform shirts, and taking out the recycling. Living with children can also be so beautiful, humbling, entertaining, and engaging, and we'd like to have someone to share both aspects with!
We are looking for (preferably) a female to be an extra pair of hands as we go about our daily routine. Helping to get the kids ready for school, pop by the grocery store, make dinner twice a week, babysit once a week, take the kids to the park or on a hike, help read books at bedtime, garden a bit in the backyard, sweep and help with the dishes; doesn't have to be all of those things or even those specific items! We're flexible and looking for someone with a helpful heart and a good attitude toward kids. We'd like to discuss what would work best for both of us! Must enjoy being with kids :) We wold expect 25 hours per week.
There is a room off the living room that would be yours. There is only 1 of everything else, (bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room) so it is all shared there. Your room has 2 locked doors- one to the living room and one to the outdoors, so you can come and go as you please.
We've done our best to soundproof that room, but it's an old house and our kids can be loud and usually wake up around 7am. Earplugs will be a good idea! If you're a light sleeper or are hoping to sleep in (without ear plugs), this probably isn't the best fit for you.
The room is small but has a big window with lovely morning light. It overlooks our front yard.
We cook all our meals at home. Breakfast is typically oatmeal or eggs, lunch is leftovers, and dinner is typically simple- soups, pasta, curries, sometimes Friday night pizza night, rice and beans, etc. You'd be welcome to join for as much or as little as you'd like. There is a grocery store within a 5 min walk. We are very centrally located for both biking and busing. We even have a space bike you can use!
Also we have a short haired tabby cat. She's an indoor / outdoor cat, small, and is both playful and cuddly. We've been told by several people who are allergic that she hasn't activated their allergies.
There are beaches, parks, forests, Victorian gardens, natural history museums, beautiful ocean sunsets, and so much more.
Victoria has a great food and craft beer culture. We'd be happy to help you figure out how to spend your free time.
We like to have fun and work hard together. A good fit for us would be a workaway who can laugh, knows to clean up after themselves, enjoys conversation and the tasks of keeping a (simple, minimalist) home. Our house is pretty quiet after 9pm.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week